Originally Posted by Manton
Ercolino and Peterman seems like strange pairing. Ercolino, I thought, only does bespoke, and it's pricey, even by London standards. I didn't think he had the capabilty to produce higher numbers of RTW shoes at a competitive price. And his name is not well known enough to drive RTW sales if they are simply rebadged shoes. I wonder what explains this.
This is the riddle, I think. Ercolino seems to admit that the shoes are not made in-house. And yet the prices are astronomical. Custom-made--described on the site as, "The client selects the last shape, leather and style. I match your individual measurements to the closest fitting standard last size."--starts at $2600. Bespoke starts $1000 higher.
The styles and lasts are a cut above the usual suspects and may well all be of Ercolino's own design. But it's hard to imagine who's biting at these prices. There are an awful lot of fine options when you go above $2500. These seem more like $800-900 shoes. Of course I paid significantly less than the CA sales tax would have been here so I'm only complaining from a theoretical vantage point. But still.
Anyway, thanks for all the helpful replies. Oh, and LK, I assume the box was at one point in back of the thrift store and can now probably be found somewhere in South City.